While many bourbon fans like to exhibit a superiority to their Scotch-drinking friends, the truth is that bourbon owes its resurgence to that other whisky. The popularity of single-malt Scotch led master distiller Elmer T. Lee to introduce single-barrel Blanton’s bourbon in 1984. Single malt, single barrel – hey, consumers aren’t always the brightest bulbs. But the gambit worked, and Blanton’s would soon be followed by many other “superpremium” bourbons, revitalizing a struggling industry.
SOURCE: Filson Bourbon Academy, led by historian Mike Veach. Mike will lead an Academy from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at Capitol Cellars in Frankfort, Ky. Click here for more information.